“A photograph’s value is never truly known until it’s all you have left from that moment in time.”
Lovey Mine Sessions are completely FREE one hour photoshoots gifted by Gooseberry Studios to people (and pets) whose lives have been affected by a life-changing diagnosis in Toronto. These photo sessions are designed to capture genuine moments that celebrate the present.
~ EXPERIENCES ~
“Laura is incredibly accommodating of all our needs, whether medical (having an immune-compromised child) to working around nap time. Laura makes the session fun and relaxed and the pictures are just unbelievable. We are so grateful for everything Laura has done for our family by giving us gorgeous photos that will last a lifetime. It’s certainly one of the hardest things when your child is diagnosed with a serious illness, and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to create and record these memories.”
~ Erin G.
My two daughters and I have been extremely lucky to participate in the Lovey Mine Program at Gooseberry Studio with Laura. Laura was very accommodating in ensuring that Victoria was comfortable and that all her medical restrictions and needs were met. Both my girls had a blast and Victoria, specifically, enjoyed her time dancing, smiling, and posing. Thank you so much for giving us a memory that we will cherish forever!
~ Agnes, Isabella, and Victoria
~ LOVEY MINE SESSIONS FAQS ~
1. How many people can participate in a Lovey Mine Session?
Typically we like to keep Lovey Mine Sessions focused on the core family (ie; parents and children, owner and pet, etc) so as not to overwhelm the main photo subject. However, Gooseberry understands that not all families or circumstances are the same and is willing to make exceptions within reason. For example, if your grandparents want to participate, awesome! But we won’t be able to accommodate a dozen cousins, aunties, uncles and family friends.
2. Can I use props in a Lovey Mine Session?
We strive to keep Lovey Mine Sessions minimalist and meaningful through a less is more approach, which means props are discouraged. Instead Gooseberry focuses on natural organic moments between loved ones to keep stress away. That being said, if your little one would like to bring their favourite stuffed animal or wear a cape to their session, go nuts!
3. Who will be the photographer?
That would be me, Laura, the owner of Gooseberry Studios. You can learn more about her here or take a peek at our Instagram for behind-the-scenes details.
4. Why do I need to sign a contract if this is a free photo session?
The contract is a written formality that must be completed in order to reserve a Lovey Mine Session. It simply keeps everyone on the same page and is a professional courtesy.
5. Why do I have to supply a doctor’s note? Why can’t you just take my word?
Unfortunately, there are people who enjoy taking advantage of freebies. In order to ensure that the families who really need a Lovey Mine Session receive one, Gooseberry asks for a formal doctor’s note outlining the diagnosis in question. We understand that this can be a difficult thing to do. However, it really helps us to make sure that this service is going to people who truly need it.
6. Do Lovey Mine Sessions have to include the whole family?
Lovey Mine Sessions can focus upon the sole individual, the individual and one person etc. It is entirely up to you.
7. Will photos from Lovey Mine Sessions be publishing on Gooseberry Studio’s website and social media?
Ideally we like to publish at least 1-3 photos from each Lovey Mine Session to help raise awareness about the service. However, we completely respect a family’s or individual’s request for privacy and will only share photos with direct written consent.
8. What areas does this service extend to?
Lovey Mine Sessions are available in Toronto.
9. Will you come and shoot in a hospital?
Yes, providing permission and clearance is granted by the hospital. Gooseberry never wants to get in the way of doctors and nurses who are busy saving lives.
10. Why are they called ‘Lovey Mine’ Sessions?
“Lovey mine” is something my Nan used to say.
~ BOOKING PROCESS & CONDITIONS ~
To reserve a Lovey Mine Session please email us with answers to the following questions:
Please note that there may be a 2-3 week waiting list.